A continual struggle is to discern the will of God and how that is lived out in daily life. To understand our calling and assignment in life we must first be shaped by the story of God and live out of our identity in Christ.
As John Mark Comer recently said, "God rarely gives a map for the future. Instead, he gives an identity (this is who you are), and a next step (go do this.) The longer I follow Jesus, the more that's enough."
We don't have to be mystical (In the clouds) or merely practical (on the ground.) We aren't called to be obligation (just for the family/ministry) or non-sensical. We can operate out of a biblical framework, where the story of God and the identity He gives us transforms all our activity.
As the story has gone from ancient times, the struggle is to remember and maintain perspective in the present. This is what Paul does in 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. He reminds the church of who Christ is, what Christ has done, then what their assignment is as ambassadors with the good news in all of life.
What are some tools today to rightly remember our assignment as a "sent" people into all of life?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Contentment over comparison - This requires resting, breathing, and expressing regular gratitude for who God is and what He has given.
- Consistent love over ladder climbing - This involves asking God to show us what the true needs are around us, looking for opportunities and serving others.
- Intentionality over apathy - We cultivate intentionality with awareness of our place, attention to who is in our sphere of influence and taking regular steps toward others with the message of reconciliation.
God has given us an assignment that influences all of life. We are a sent people. A people Jesus is sending with the message and ministry of the good news.
Read and reflect on 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 and ask God to show you and your community what it would look like to live as a sent people in all of life.